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How To Prevent Back Pain Caused By Dowager’s Neck Hump

How To Prevent Back Pain Caused By Dowager’s Neck Hump

Aging is something that all of us struggle with. Retirement, experience, and more time at home can be the best things about growing old, but they can also lead to unexpected health concerns. The neck hump is one of the most hated parts of aging.

Dowager’s Hump, also called kyphosis by medical professionals, is caused by a persistent forward-leaning posture, which is too frequent in our era of computer displays and other devices. Poor posture habits can eventually result in a distinctive bend in the upper vertebrae and a mass of tissue at the base of the neck.

What causes a Dowager’s Hump?

Kyphosis comes in three varieties: postural, congenital, and Scheuermann’s. Postural is the most common. It is when a spine curves by at least 50 degrees, caused by poor posture. When some backbones don’t form properly, it results in congenital kyphosis, mostly recognized at birth.

Scheuermann’s kyphosis is a genetic disorder that manifests between the ages of 10 and 15. It affects the vertebrae’s (of the upper back’s) bony growth and causes abnormal development of the spine’s bones at their growth plates.

Other causes:

  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Aging
  • Excess fat

Most women struggle with postural kyphosis because it concerns their physical appearance. But both men and women could suffer from chronic back pain, stiffness, and fatigue from having mild kyphosis. 

A severe Dowager’s Hump can cause:

  • Persistent lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs
  • Respiratory issues or shortness of breath
  • Acid Reflux
  • Difficulty in swallowing

How to prevent a Dowager’s Hump?

  1. Increase your calcium intake: Pre-and post-menopausal women should consume 1,800 mg of calcium daily. To ensure that this dosage is safe and does not interfere with other drugs, check with your doctor.
  1. Exercise: Over time, weight-bearing workouts like strength training can help in boosting bone density. Yoga also promotes flexibility as well as proper alignment and posture.
  1. A healthy diet: A diet full of fruits and vegetables can be beneficial. Avoid soda since the phosphoric acid in some carbonated drinks might have a detrimental impact on your bone density. Some medical professionals believe coffee can also make bones weak.
  1. Correct your posture: Being mindful of your posture is a good thing. Avoid slouching forward or rounding your shoulders when using a laptop or watching television while curled up on the couch.

You don’t need to suffer from bad back pain just because of a Dowager’s Hump. Talk to your doctor so they can diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment options.

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